As I’ve explained before, commercial trucking accident cases are complicated. Victims are often shocked to discover how hard insurance companies for semi-truck and delivery companies start working against them, starting the instant after impact.
That often extends to just figuring out who’s potentially responsible.
If you’re hit by a delivery service van or semi-truck, like a FedEx or UPS vehicle, here’s who you’ve got to consider holding accountable:
- The corporation. Trucking companies can be legally responsible for accidents, separate from the trucker or driver. The problem is, many trucking companies have several divisions, and you’ve got to find the right one. Needless to say, the corporation will not help you find it willingly. An experienced accident lawyer can.
- The local terminal. Some trucking companies claim their trucks and truckers fall under the employment of a separate, independently-owned local business. You will probably never see that business’s name anywhere on the truck—just the giant corporate logo everyone recognizes. Again, you will need an experienced professional to help you figure out the shadow company that may be lurking behind your accident.
- The mechanic for faulty repairs. If improper or ignored repairs are involved, and the company claims it sent its equipment to an outside mechanic, you’ll need to get that mechanic identified and found. If the repairs are done in-house, you’re probably okay if you named the proper corporate division and/or terminal.
- The trucker or driver. You probably already knew that. But even if you did, do you know how to properly notify him that he’s involved in your case?
A lot of insults get added to a tractor-trailer accident victim’s injuries. One of them is the maze of potentially responsible corporate entities you’ve got to track down. The other is that you need to know the right witnesses to question and ask for evidence.
With all you have at stake, and all you’re already dealing with to overcome injuries or worse, the death of a loved one, you don’t need the strain or pressure of figuring out who to pursue in your case. And since you have so much to lose, you shouldn’t risk shortchanging yourself or getting beat down by a trucking insurance company that ignores you and just throws up more obstacles to get you compensated.
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